The American daughter of an old Virginian family, Bessie Wallis was married to an alcoholic pilot from 1916 to 1928 before divorcing and wedding Ernest Simpson with whom she settled in London and became close members of 1930s high society. Soon, Wallis Simpson met the Prince of Wales who was England's most sought after bachelor and both embarked on an adulterous relationship. In 1936, Wallis Simpson was granted a divorce and to most of England's disbelief and to the royal family's shock, the Prince of Wales chose to resign from the Crown to be able to marry the woman he loved. Named the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the couple promptly became privileged representatives of the Café Society – attending lavish costumes parties, throwing elegant dinners...their home in Paris becoming the place to be while the duchess's outfits were closely observed and admired – she who dared to wear Schiaparelli's surrealist designs and gave birth to the Wallis blue following her Mainbocher wedding dress. Yet behind the glitters of her jewellery collection, remained puzzling shadows: who was Wallis Simpson? How did she manage to make a king give beneath the weight of his love? Many saw her as an enigmatic gold digger who had learned mysterious sexual techniques in Chinese brothels and the person in charge of the couple's Nazi acquaintances during World War II. The magnetic femme fatale nevertheless managed to emerge as a worldwide style icon, using fashion as a powerful popular weapon: 'You can never be too rich’ she supposedly said, ‘or too thin.'